ROXBURY, Mass. – Jason Terry may be new to Boston but in the short time he has been here, he has touched countless lives.
Since September, he has already participated in a Read to Achieve event with 30 elementary students in an effort to promote literacy, spent time with Special Olympics athletes at the Celtics practice facility and supported the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation at their annual golf tournament.
Monday afternoon Terry continued his community outreach by hosting a Thanksgiving food drive for 100 families at the Shelburne Community Center. Every family received a turkey, stuffing, potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green beans, salad and dinner rolls.
“Giving back is extremely important to my family and me,” said Terry. “Through the Jason Terry Foundation we’ve been able to support so many causes and I’m happy we were able to host this food drive today. No one should ever go hungry especially on a holiday and I hope they everyone who came here today has a happy, memorable Thanksgiving.”
As families walked into the gymnasium, they were greeted by volunteers from the Celtics offices and City on the Hill High School and offered cookies and hot apple cider. From there they went around to each table to receive items for their Thanksgiving meal. The last stop was the turkey table where Terry personally met with each family and wished them a happy Thanksgiving.
“It meant a lot that Jason was here today,” said one mother. “My family and I are appreciative for the food. It’s one thing for someone to purchase food and have others deliver it but for Jason to be here and take the time to talk to us says a lot about his character.”
Because of Terry’s thoughtfulness, 100 families won’t go hungry this Thanksgiving.
“It was great getting out in the community today,” said Terry. “Fans have been so kind and supportive and I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving.”